The family Chief of Staff: Keeping the ducklings in a row says that for 2017 the value of the family Chief of Staff is near $150,000. But it's a lot of duckling herding.

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MISSOURI, August 1, 2017 – General John Kelly is now our White Houe Chief of Staff with tremendous responsibilities to the President and in turn to the people of the United States. With the non-stop news cycle, we have learned about how the Chief of Staff promotes the President’s agenda and protects the President from those who might distract, or detract, him from doing the people’s work.

It’s a big job.

General John Kelly’s new role as Chief of Staff

We all have, or have had, our own Cheif of Staff (COS) – a parent who guided us through school, protecting us for distractions.  A spouse or partner who supports us, even as we support them.

The traditional role of ‘mom’, regardless of who fills that role in your household, is a tremendous amount of work. According to to hire a person to fulfill the mom COS role is nearly $145,000 per year

Some of the hats worn by mom include

Director of Child Development: 

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She is constantly teaching the child for example we have a Great Grandson Alexander who just started saying the word hello. The news of this traveled throughout the family and this was followed by throwing a kiss. Mom teaches him this and everyone started saying the word and throwing a kiss.

This was the start of teaching words.

Sanitation Manager:

Washing clothes and this is a big job especially if you have several children is followed by doing the bedding, cleaning up the clutter, doing the dishes, cleaning the floors, walls, drapes, furniture, before heading outside to keep the sidewalk and porch tidy.

Social Calendar Secretary:

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Every family has their share of birthday parties, school events, party invites, dinner dates, club events – from the Scouts to Karate,  there are, it seems, a million dates large and small to be organized – from making sure everyone is dressed appropriately in the “stuff” they need to getting them there on time.

If there is a picnic planned the Chief of Staff’s gets the food ready and other items that make a successful picnic. After the picnic taking care of the poison ivy and sunburns as required.

If the event is a picnic, a day at the beach or a mountain hike, the family Chief of Staff organizes the food ready and other items and then takes care of the poison ivy, sunburn, scrapes, and scratches that come with a successful day out and about.


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Prepares menus for breakfast lunch and dinner. Shops for food and creates recipes for the family and entertainment

Your COS plans, shops for and prepares menus for breakfast lunch and dinner. Without the help of a sous chef or staff, the COS keeps a steady flow of food, from breakfast cereal to school and work lunches, dinners, and snacks. Packing lunches and then cleaning up after these meals, often getting the garbage and recycling out as well (see Sanatation Manager above).

Head of Transportation:

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This is where Mom employee’s logistics especially when you have more than one child and they are involved in school activities. She also has to make sure the car is ready to transport.

This is where Mom employee’s logistics skills, especially when you have more than one child and they are involved in school activities. She also has to make sure the car is ready to safely transport her charges – from making sure the gas tank is full to oil changes, tire pressure and fluids are being regularly monitored and maintained.

Chief Financial Officer:

The COS is also the CFO for the family. Determining the best applications of discretionary income. The COS identifies what is needed, the cost and whether it is in the family budget. The COS is also often responsible for making sure the monthly bills are paid on time.

Somebody said the job of the household Chief of Staff is not 9 to 5 but starts when they open their eyes in the morning until the head hits the pillow at night.

Betty, the Vandergriffe Family Chief of Staff and two her charges

Now there are exceptions where partners share these responsibilities but from what I have seen in my long life we now have both parents working as well as those incredible single parents of which approximately 84 percent of which are headed by women. Of all single-parent families, the most common are those headed by divorced or separated mothers (58%) followed by never-married mothers (24%).

Of all single-parent families, the most common are those headed by divorced or separated mothers (58%) followed by never-married mothers (24%).

However, that’s a time and place I am from-



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